Jan 1, 2075:
You’ve acquired a battered first-gen transport somehow (Inheritance? Poker game?). Now you’ve traveled with the last of your money to Bù Rén Hòu Chén City in western China, Earth’s singularly shimmering (yet decaying) spaceport. The odds are long against you: MaoCorp holds a monopoly on trade in our solar system. However, FreeTraders on Earth and her colonies are ripe to crack its hold. All they need is a trader they can rally around. Move enough cargo, survive, and maybe you can be that man.
The game follows the genre of the down-on-his-heels space captain, one with barely enough money to stay fed and keep his ship moving. The game system is fairly simple but takes a little getting used to. Read through the manual and play the tutorials in order – then get ready to have fun. With a fully randomized solar system and God variables, no two games will ever be alike!
To play, download the version below and dump everything into a folder. Then, click on the SolarTrader excel file to play. Make sure you click on the SAFE MODE / TUTORIAL checkbox to get basic run-throughs of the game. The full manual should be in your folder (and is available for download separately). Remember, this is a complex game of maneuver and management, so learn, have fun, and enjoy!
Full download (Version 2.08 – Beta! Win7/8 version): SolarTrader
Full download (Version 2.08 -Beat! Win7/8 DIRECTORY version): SolarTraderFull
To install, open the zip file in your download directory and drag the contents somewhere else and drop them (your C: drive, perhaps?). SolarTraderFull puts all the zips in a convenient directory.
Game Rules: ST Manual
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